Come here, rest with me. I have a lovely view.
Episode 7Somewhere on a dirt road, a car speeds along. Inside, there is RoboBanker. He wakes up (his head seems to hurt) and takes it all in - the guy next to him (still unconscious), the two guys in the front, the country road. Unfortunately, one of the gangsters realizes he is awake and puts a plastic bag on his head. No poop trick this time though.
For a moment I was lulled into admiring the country road, so I didn't think too much. Why DIDN'T he poop his way out of it?
(Google Translate says that is 'Wood Forest boss' so...) and our two prisoners are dragged inside and roughly pushed to the floor. Look who's there! It's Tracksuit Boss' right hand man, who goes by the name of Secretary Kim (played by Choi Byung-Mo). He isn't pleased that Bank Guy got dragged along, him being a civilian and all. One of the baseball hat wearing gangsters has wild ideas about killing Do-Hyeong, but Secretary Kim just wants him away, and as it seems, unarmed. Do-Hyeong is led back to the car and driven away.
Doesn't that seem odd? I mean, don't gangters just generally kill everyone, just to be done with it?
I totally missed that he was Tracksuit's right hand man. I thought he was some kind of third-party. He doesn't seem very gangster-ish at ALL.
And flashback! In Seo Jin-Gi's head. Song Hak-Soo enters an empty warehouse ... well, almost empty. There is a chair and there is Jin-Gi, kneeling and beaten up. He grabs Hak-Soo's hand and is crying (pleading?) as the older man smiles (triumphantly?) - (so wait ... does he think Seo Jin-Gi betrayed him?). But that smile is wiped off his face when he realizes that Jin-Gi has just handcuffed him to the chair. The door opens and Janggab comes in and cuts Hak-Soo's throat. Lee Jang-Ho witnessed it all.
Interesting... so Jin Gi either did something and get caught at it and then this maneuver got him out of it, or he set it up to look like he was doing something so that he COULD get caught and do this. Either way, he allowed himself to get beat pretty bad to make it happen. That's a dedication I don't really understand.
(they cut his Achilles tendon (and OCN censored the wound), which made me wonder why gangsters don't just routinely do that when they grab someone they don't intend to let go eventually, which made me think I was pretty bloodthirsty, or maybe just too practical), which brings out the worst in Secretary Kim, who seems to enjoy hurting people. Lee Jang-Ho thinks he has information to bargain with, which is about the "tremendously powerful man" behind Song Hak-Soo (and reason why he got out of jail so early). That's hardly news to Secretary Kim, though. And he tells Lee Jang-Ho that Song Hak-Soo didn't deserve to live. In another flashback, we see how Song Hak-Soo severely humiliated Secretary Kim when he had the chance.
That was some seriously fucked up shit, there. Wouldn't you just assume a person you'd so thoroughly humiliated would be at least planning your death from that moment on?
(I'm telling you, there's more to her in this story than we think), baseball gangster drives Do-Hyeong further away from the storage facility, and Park Hyeong-Sik arrives where Do-Hyeong disappeared and joins forces with Cha Yoon-Mi. There are no surveillance cameras but Yoon-Mi does have an epiphany: there are other shadows and they are after Joo-Young because she knows about them. Also: Kim Do-Hyeong is in danger. You don't say.
File this under the category 'DUH'.
I CHEERED. Feebly, but I did. Seriously, I prefer this to the poop option, although I remain in absolute AWE of the poop option.
Do-Hyeong is forcing Knife Guy to drive him back to the facility - but the guy refuses to tell him anything more, for fear of his life.
Do-Hyeong is back at the facility and goes back into the warehouse. (Why would he do that?! He is crazy! Somebody tie him to
Give a hip, get a phone? This guy is made of titanium (Adamantium, actually). They're finally going to get together and all will be well and they'll go to bed in their nice little apartment and he's going to wake up dead from delayed pain/trauma.
Jang Ho was the one providing info to Hak Soo in prison - he had photos of them both.
Oh, you're right.
Do-Hyeong starts dragging Lee Jang-Ho down the dirt road. Both collapse. Do-Hyeong has figured out what I figured out, that Song Hak-Soo must have told him who he was, but Jang-Ho denies that. It was the other way round, he claims: he told Song about the sweet love birds. And then, he starts to say something he deems "very important" to Do-Hyeong, but before he can, he faints. Well, almost. He attempts again and says "the one who did that to Hak-Soo is .... is ...." and now he's really out.
I was quite touched that he even considered rescuing Jang Ho, but then I realized he probably had no idea at the time who the guy was. Even so.
Where's a farm truck when you need one!
He'd have been fine if it weren't for that weakling Jang Ho.
That scream. *shudders*
J to the F'ing C, man. When does the poor boy catch a break?
They were SO happy... and now we know what effort it took for even THAT.
I am desperate to know this lady's deal. She seems like she's for Joo Young in a tough-love kind of way.
Now she knows pretending is over, no matter what.
(Could it be... laziness on the part of the writer?) Well, Secretary Kim warns him to be careful at least and to find Joo-Young as quickly as possible. Oh, but Mr. Kim ... why do you think you'll get away with simply losing Lee Jang-Ho? Chairman Chang suspect he lost him to "The Bank Guy" (huh! He knows him too!) and Secretary Kim starts to looks very uncomfortable. Chang then asks, whether he knows what it means to drown in a bowl of water ... as he pours more and more mustard into his soup. He then orders Kim to bend down - and presses his face into the soup. For not telling the truth. And for lying. Well, shit. Kim survives, but he is definitely on Chang's shit list. I don't want to see it when Chang finds out what Kim has really been up to.
Everyone knows the neighborhood banker, apparently? No, but seriously: WHY is everyone so dismissive of this guy? Is it simply for the same reason we had for calling him Awkward Robot? Because until you see him in action, you think snooze.
*mumble mumble good-for-nothing mumble better mumble GOOD fucking explanation mumble mumble mumble KILL him*
He looks kind of dumb there. They both do. I hate them. And not in that oh-I-hate-you-let's-have-hot-angry-sex kind of way, either.
My brain went into immediate Danger Danger Will Robinson overload and I just assume internal bleeding, brain damage, etc.
While I think that recognizing someone's voice like that after one brief conversation is questionable, I applaud someone actually voicing a possibly reasonable reason for why they suddenly make a leap in their thought process. YAY KDRAMA YOU CAN DO IT!
How to find him? Go to where his underlings live (that run-down building he went to before), find out he is at his girlfriend's house and go there. Awwwwwww, it's Tae-Gyu! I missed him. He's ready to make his big move (out of the country, I guess?) but his girlfriend is a slow packer. When somebody rings the bell, he knows immediately that it means danger. But when Bank Guy and Miss Cop get there, Tae-Gyu is gone. Taken by force and now in the hands of Seo Jin-Gi's gangstas.
Were you as touched as I was that his Miss was someone pretty normal looking? He's so jealous of her I was expecting some experienced bar girl kind of Lee El woman (although clearly not as attractive as Lee El because come ON) but no, he's all hung up over the cute girl next door.
Yes! And I was so happy to see him again! Best comeback of the year!
Thank God for Yoon Mi and the voice of reason.
Do not do the thing. Well whatever, she's going to do it but she won't die it's not the end yet. If anyone dies, it's him. You realize this, right?
Ouf. We've hit rock bottom. Death and despair, it's all that seems left. This was definitely not my favorite episode, but not because of the desolation - rather because it felt like it had no clear direction almost until the end, when it hits Do-Hyeong like a ton of bricks. I understand that Do-Hyeong had to meet Seo Jin-Gi in the flesh (and that took a while to set up in a believable manner), but the overall problem with the "reveal" is that we, the viewers, have known all that stuff about the Shadows for quite a while. While I "enjoyed" watching Do-Hyeong's meltdown and struggles, we did not learn anything new at all in this episode. Frankly, I had to pause and think about what Do-Hyeong (and Yoon-Mi and Joo-Young) didn't know before this episode to understand what this episode was about for them. In comparison to episodes 1-5, this is just extremely clumsy storytelling.
Very true. There was a lot of stuff I simply forgot they didn't know. The show has been GREAT at skipping past details that aren't necessary to the story, so I wish we could have gone on just assuming that they figured some stuff out or left it for later or something, and moved the story forward.
At this point, I am not sure where this drama is going. We are almost at the halfway mark, which is happy-happy hour in any normal Kdrama, but this one isn't normal at all, thankfully. At this absolute low point for our main protagonists, how are we going to go forward? There are no more trees to shake for Do-Hyeong. Everybody that knew something about Seo Jin-Gi is either gone or dead. Joo-Young feels that her own death is the only solution: as a way out of her shame and to protect Do-Hyeong. Which is silly, of course, because he is SO on the radar of those people already.
Doesn't her girlfriend from the bar know him, too?
OH YOU'RE RIGHT! SHE DOES!
I do not know how Do-Hyeong and Joo-Young are ever going to get out of this.
Now's when we get into the mama issues.
And finally, to lighten the mood - look at these gifs from the OCN blog. Awwwwwwww.